Religious Affiliation Influences on the Health Status and Behaviours of Students Attending Seventh-Day Adventist Schools in Australia
Journal of Religion and Health
ANZSRC / FoR Code
1117 PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES| 130106 Secondary Education| 220405 Religion and Society
Avondale Research Centre
Lifestyle Research Centre
Students attending Seventh-day Adventist (Adventist) schools in Australia have been shown to have better health status and behaviours compared to secular norms, yet these schools cater for a high percentage of non-Adventist students. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of religious affiliation (Adventist/non-Adventist) on the health status and behaviours of students attending Adventist secondary schools in Australia. The sample included 1734 students who responded to a health and lifestyle survey that captured demographic details, self-reported height and weight, self-reported health status, mental health and select health behaviours. Students who identified themselves as Adventist reported significantly better health behaviours than the non-Adventist students in several behavioural domains, especially among the male students. However, this did not translate to a difference in health status. Further research is needed to understand the causal mechanisms responsible for the potential health advantage of Adventist students, which may include family or church religious influences.
Craig, B. A., Morton, D. P., Kent, L. M., Gane, B., Butler, T. L., Rankin, P. M., & Price, K. R. (2018). Religious affiliation influences on the health status and behaviours of students attending Seventh-day Adventist schools in Australia. Journal of Religion and Health, 57(3), 994-1009. doi:10.1007/s10943-017-0495-9